Greatest Hits: 18 Kids

Greatest Hits: 18 Kids

by Keith Urban


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Keith Urban had a rough go of it in late 2006, when the tour for his brilliant Love, Pain & the Whole Crazy Thing was delayed fore health-related reasons. Urban has nonetheless been a road dog in 2007, and this greatest-hits package couldn't have come at a better time. Covering eight years, these are not merely album cuts, but in most cases the actual radio edits of hit singles -- album lengths are generally longer -- so these are the actual versions of tunes that made country radio and the video channels, so it doesn't replicate previous collections. From "I Told You So" and "Making Memories of Us" it goes right on through to the far more powerful version of "Days Go By" and "Where the Blacktop Ends." The 16 catalog tracks top what is the norm for compilations like this, which usually stop at ten or twelve cuts. But there's a bit more; a lot more actually. There are two new tracks that lead this baby off, and the first one's a doozie. "Romeo's Tune" was written by Steve Forbert who, back in the mid- and late '70s, was the next up-and-comer on the songwriting scene (and who appeared on an early Cyndi Lauper video), who has been compared to both Bob Dylan and John Prine, but at the time, his brand of easy, open rock was far more refreshing than that of either of those comparisons. The song is a great fit for Urban, whose voice has just enough graininess in it to recall the original, but it also rocks harder. Urban is faithful to the original but lets his guitar do plenty of talking in the mix. This should be released as a new single to country radio and hopefully there'll be a video coming to boot. The other bonus is "Got It Right This Time (The Celebration)," which was self-penned. It begins with a B-3 and a Fender Rhodes, a slippery drum loop, and one of those trademark, mid-tempo love ballad hooks that Urban can write all day long. Given his travails over the past few years, this sounds like a love song for his new wife, Nicole Kidman. That's conjecture, but given that it was written in 2006, it's a pretty good bet. When the guitars open up and the snare starts to crack, Urban's croon glides over this soulful, easy rocker and builds to a killer bridge where the electric six-strings, percussion, organ, and piano swell to the bursting point and it's all joy. Bottom line: it's one of the great romantic rockers of 2007. Equal parts Tom Petty, Don Henley, and Bob Seger, it's a country-pop song that will go down as one of his best. Clocking in at almost 76 minutes, this is a comp for the fans, and for the uninitiated as well.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/20/2007
Label: Emi Europe Generic
UPC: 5099950768523
catalogNumber: 5076852
Rank: 3086

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Keith Urban   Primary Artist,Piano,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals,Slide Guitar,fender rhodes,Soloist
Dann Huff   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals
Charles Judge   Keyboards
Chris McHugh   Drums
Steve Nathan   Piano,Hammond Organ,Hammond B3
Jimmie Lee Sloas   Bass,Bass Guitar
Jerry Flowers   Background Vocals
Perry Coleman   Background Vocals
Tom Bukovac   Electric Guitar

Technical Credits

Rodney Crowell   Composer
Steve Wariner   Composer
Steve Forbert   Composer
Matt Rollings   Producer,Audio Production
Jane Wiedlin   Composer
Radney Foster   Composer
Mark Hagen   overdub engineer
Dann Huff   Producer,Audio Production
Richard Marx   Composer
Dennis Matkosky   Composer
Justin Niebank   Engineer
Monty Powell   Composer
Allen Shamblin   Composer
Drew Bollman   overdub engineer
John Shanks   Composer
Keith Urban   Composer,Producer,Author,Audio Production
Max Vadukul   Cover Photo
Ty Lacy   Composer
Chris Lindsey   Composer
Torne White   Art Direction
Deanna Bryant   Composer
Dave Berg   Composer
Joanna Carter   Art Direction

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Greatest Hits 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 36 reviews.
Urbanmonkey More than 1 year ago
I ordered this particular CD to replace the "18 Kids" I misplaced. It said, "special edition" thinking it might have one or two more songs on it - well, to my surprise it contains a CD with 8 of Keith's music videos!!! Love this one.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This CD is awesome!! I listen to it over and over again! It blends together Keith Urban's greatest songs all on one cd! This special edition even has music videos!!! It also has an extra song called "Romeo's Tune" I encourage anyone and everyone to buy this CD even if you don't like country. Keith Urban is rock/pop/country put together!! The perfect holiday gift!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Keith Urban's Greatest Hits aptly titled "18 Kids" is a compilation of songs from the last 8 years of Keith's career. It is a must for any Keith Urban fan of course, but it is also the perfect introduction to Keith and his brand of high energy Country/Pop/Rock music. It is the perfect gift to give any true music lover this Christmas! Keith Urban's songs are sincere, optimistic, and uplifting and his natural talent and pure enjoyment for performing shines through in each and every song!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one amazing CD!!! there are 18 songs, all of Keith's hit singles! Some of these are radio-edited, so they are a little bit different!! There also are 2 new songs, which are just great! There is the Cover Song of Romeos Tune, which in my opinion is even better then the origional, and there is a new version of the song called Got it Right This Time, which is on Keith's current selling album, Love, Pain and the Whole Crazy Thing. This is a re-make of that song, it's called Got it Right Tihs Time"The Celebration". It uses more instruments and is a very beautiful song!!! This album is more than just a Greatest Hits album, its has fun songs, happy songs, heart-touching songs, and more! It's really the best you could ask for and I HIGHLY reccomend everyone going out and getting your copy of 18 Kids, today!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Keith Urban is one of the great artists today. This CD is a collection of his greatest songs, and they are all amazing including the two new songs. I would highly recommend this album and any other Keith CDs!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is absolutely a "must have" CD! Having Keith's hits in one place is convenient and such a joy to hear those songs back to back. I like the remix of "Got it Right This Time" -- it's a bit more upbeat than the original. Keith's music is on the mark for everyday life we each face. You get the feeling he actually has lived the life reflected in those lyrics. You can hear the sincerity and honesty in his voice. Most of his music has an uplifting message and when it's tied together with really cool rock guitar rifts is just astounding to hear.
Guest More than 1 year ago
18 Kids is a beautiful work of art 8 years in the making. The album kicks off with a casual cover of Steve Forbert's Romeo's Tune. This extremely catchy rhythm features a piano, one of the many instruments Urban can play. The second track is a remake of one of the songs off of his Love, Pain & The Whole Crazy Thing album, Got It Right This Time (The Celebration). This is my personal favorite on the entire album. He took this simple song and transformed it into just what the title indicates, a celebration. It starts out with just a keyboard, a drum machine, and vocals. Then electric guitar, percussion, and background vocals for harmony eventually join in. As each part comes in and adds to the song, it gradually builds up leading to a huge explosion of melody. The joy and happiness that this song is about is portrayed perfectly through the music, making it an instant hit and one of the best tracks on the album. The next 16 tracks are a nice mix of billboard chart toppers. The entire album touches on a wide range of emotions. Listen to mind blowing guitar solos as in Stupid Boy, the soothing sound of solo piano in Tonight I Wanna Cry, a Celtic sounding I Told You So, the love ballad Making Memories Of Us, country-rock themes such as Days Go By, Somebody Like You, and Better Life, progressive rolling upbeat numbers such as Where The Blacktop Ends and Who Wouldn't Wanna Be Me, and more! As if this wasn't reason enough to love this album, the album case itself is quite a treat. The insert booklet is full of colorful photos of Keith, including all the covers of his albums and a few from his adolescence while the back of the booklet includes a personal message from him. Instead of the usual jewel case, the CD comes in a paper board cover that folds open to reveal some amazing photos of the entertainer taken from his latest tour. The paper board is at least 30% recycled material to help preserve the environment! Overall, this album is superb! The lyrics of these songs are so simple yet they strike so deeply with many people. The passion that Keith Urban puts into his music really shows.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This CD appeals to all music fans - those who love country music and those who want to experience a talented singer/songwriter/musician. Keith perfectly blends the "feel good" aspects of country music - words you can understand and relate to - with fabulous rhythms - including some amazing guitar work - to create this greatest hits CD. Owners of other Keith Urban CDs will want to own this to have the “best of the best” in one place. New fans will want to own this to have a great sampling of Keith’s work. These amazing songs include all his number one hits – as well as two new tracks. Aptly titled “18 Kids,” it’s easy to see why these 18 tracks were selected by Keith – and it will be easy for listeners to see why these are the songs that have propelled Keith to stardom and to winning many awards, including ‘Male Vocalist of the Year’ and ‘Entertainer of the Year.’
Guest More than 1 year ago
Keith Urban is one of the finest artists of our times. His gifted guitar playing, infectious melodies and his soulful voice, pulls you in. You will love this collection of hits. There are also, 2 new songs that really capture Keith's spirit. I highly recommned this CD for country and music fans in gengeral. You won't be disapointed!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Why should you buy Keith’s Greatest Hits CD? Because it has some of the most fantastic songs around on there, that’s why! His new cover of Romeo’s Tune is, in my opinion, better than the original, and Got It Right This Time sounds great with a full-band recording. Who can resist popping this into their car or computer and singing along with hits like “Days Go By” or “Somebody Like You” or even new hits like “Stupid Boy” and “I Told You So”? I certainly can’t, and if you buy this for someone for the holidays, then you might just have a new convert on your hands to take to Keith’s concerts come this summer!
Guest More than 1 year ago
All of your favourite tracks on one cd, with 12 awesome videos what more can you ask for!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a must have for any Keith Urban fan. So if you want to make the KU fan in your life very happy buy this for them for Christmas.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Keith Urban has done it again!!!! His new greatest hits Cd is the perfect collection of music by this award winning artist!! Along with all of this popular hits, he also has two new songs that makes this the perfect cd to buy for someone who already has all his CDs!!! This is perfect for the most die hard Keith fan, and its even more perfect for the newest fan of his music!! This Cd is worth every penny!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The reason i think this is the best yet, is you can just keep one in the car and play all your favorites without switching cds. "romeos tune" is great. If you know a keith urban fan. They would love you for this. Make someones christmas, buy keith.
Guest More than 1 year ago
All of Keith's greatest songs, pluse 2 new very uplifting feel good songs, Romeo's Tune and Got It Right(The Celebration)... I highly recommend this album full of great tuneage:)
Guest More than 1 year ago
Keith Urban is an extraordinary artist. He is an unbelievable talent with an ability to take you to a place where only few musicians can. For years I have enjoyed his music and own all of his albums. Many times you purchase an album and find that only one or two songs touch you this album is different. His Greatest Hits is a great compilation of his 'hit' songs. If you are new to his music this makes a great introduction, that covers his music over an eight year span. Each album is uniquely different and timely. Like many others, I felt compelled to also purchase this album & special edition, for that very reason - to have his 16 hit songs on one album. I promise you, you will soon be out there trying to get your hands on all of Keith's music! So get it and while you're there get one for a friend they'll remember you each time they play it.... I would!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this CD! If you are newer fan of Keith's, or curious about his music, this CD has all of his hits on it, plus two new songs. If you are a seasoned fan, as myself, you will love having all your favorite songs on one amazing CD! Buy the CD and be prepared to see Keith Urban in concert!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Keith Urban's Greatest Hits CD is outstanding. Keith is the best performer in the world. I own every Keith CD made and this is one of my favorites. It has amazing songs from his first album(Keith Urban) to his latest CD(Love Pain and the Whole Crazy Thing). The special edition is amazing too because it has all the songs on the cd but also 12 of his best music videos!! Keith is just an amazing performer and song writer. His songs mean so much to me. If you are having a bad day, put in Keith and he will brighten it! This cd is worth every $. It is definately worth buying anytime but especially during the holidays!! This is a great Christmas gift for all ages
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album takes all of Keith's genuine, optimistic, sincere and uplifting lyrics and music and puts it in one place for your listening enjoyment. He is one of the best entertainers of our time!!!! If you are not yet a fan of Keith and his music, take a listen and you soon will be!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album is a must have for all Keith Urban fans. For that matter, it is a must have for all fans of music in general! If you know someone who is just starting to listen to country or to Keith in particular, this would be a great option for you to get to turn them onto the music. While I have all the CDs already, I got this on the first day it was released. His cover of Romeo’s Tune is amazing. And I love the remake of Got It Right This Time. There is not a bad song on the album – of course a bad song has never come out of his mouth, so how could there be a bad song on the album…
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a fantastic CD/DVD. Buy it. Just buy it. Listen. Even if you have Keith's other CDs and DVDs"which I do, all of them!" this is a great treat! All those fantastic songs in one CD and one DVD. This would make a great Christmas gift. Keith is the most talented artist on the air in my opinion. He has truly captured my heart and my loyalty. You will NOT be disappointed. Hurry up, now, and get your own!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the BEST CD!!! The DVD is a great bonus!! Awesome songs!
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you love music and/or Keith Urban you should get this CD !!! The new material is just fantastic. I really love Keith's version of "Romeo's Tune". They also picked a great diverse bunch of Keith's hits. The remasters are just phenomenal. There might be one or two you haven't heard. There is also a "Special Edition" available that has some extra DVD material. That shouldn't be missed either!
Guest More than 1 year ago
You have to get this cd. It is the best ever,he is so talented and it shows in every song on this cd,try it you will love this record,all Keith's best in one album,which i think every song he has is the best!! Go get it now!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Keith definitely hit a hole in one with his brand new album "Greatest Hits." He is such an amazing talent, and his guitar playing should be heard by all. The money is well worth it when you go out and buy this, you will NOT be disappointed! Run out and buy it NOW!